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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Philip Dodd talks to Fiona Shaw who takes to the stage with one of the best loved poems in the English language, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

With Philip Dodd.

Fiona Shaw takes to the stage with one of the best loved poems in the English language, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. She discusses language, endurance and death.

According to research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, people who say they're spiritual without being religious are prone to psychological problems. And yet more people describe themselves in these terms than ever before. Professors Michael King and Linda Woodhead, and the philosopher and theologian Mark Vernon explore whether it is really dangerous to embark on a spiritual quest without the guiding hand of religion, and whether we can make any sense of the idea of 'spirituality' without religion anyway.

And David Benedict reviews the New Year Blockbuster, Les Misérables, which opens in cinemas on Friday.

Producer: Gavin Heard.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Les Misérables

    David Benedict joins Philip Dodd to review the New Year Blockbuster, Les Misérables.

    Duration: 07:44

  • Spirituality without religion?

    A discussion about spirituality as distinct from religion.

    Duration: 15:59

  • Fiona Shaw

    An interview with actress Fiona Shaw.

    Duration: 20:19

Les Misérables

Les Misérables is released in UK cinemas on Friday 11th January 2013, certificate 12A.

Official movie site: Les Misérables

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is performed by Fiona Shaw and Daniel Hay-Gordon at The Old Vic Tunnels until 13th January 2013.

The Old Vic Tunnels: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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